You have to go all the way to the late stages of group play at the 1994 World Cup to find a day when there were three soccer crowds in excess of 42,000 for games played in the United States on the same day as there were on Sunday. Sunday's crowd of 79,156 for the USA-Mexico Gold Cup final was the largest of the day but ranks only third for the month of July. There have been 18 crowds greater than 25,000 -- eight for the Gold Cup, six for the World Football Challenge, two for MLS games and two international exhibitions.
CROWD MATCH (DATE) VENUE
82,252*Mexico-Haiti (July 19) Arlington, Texas
81,224 Chelsea-Inter Milan (July 21) Pasadena, Calif.
79,156 USA-Mexico (July 26) East Rutherford, N.J.
71,203 AC Milan-Chelsea (July 24) Baltimore
65,289 Seattle Sounders-Chelsea (July 18) Seattle
57,229 Chelsea-Club America (July 26) Arlington, Texas
55,173 *Mexico-Costa Rica (July 23) Chicago
50,306 AC Milan-Club America (July 22) Atlanta
47,713 *Mexico-Panama (July 9) Houston
42,531 AC Milan-Inter Milan (July 26) Foxboro, Mass.
32,500 *Mexico-Nicaragua (July 5) Oakland, Calif.
32,405 Seattle Sounders-D.C. United (July 25) Seattle
32,204 Seattle Sounders-Houston Dynamo (July 11) Seattle
31,026 Inter Milan-Club America (July 19) Stanford, Calif.
31,087 *USA-Panama (July 18) Philadelphia
27,000 *El Salvador-Costa Rica (July 3) Carson, Calif.
27,000 Los Angeles Galaxy-AC Milan (July 19) Carson, Calif.
26,079 *USA-Honduras (July 8) Washington, D.C.
*Second game of Gold Cup doubleheader.
(Note:A crowd of 34,068 watched the Bordeaux-Guingamp match in Montreal for the Champions' Trophy between the French league and cup champions.)